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    Sopwith Snipe Biplane Fighter Aircraft (1918)

    Sopwith Snipe Biplane Fighter Aircraft (1918)

    Picture of Sopwith Snipe

    The Sopwith Snipe was an evolved form of the successful war-winning Sopwith Camel design - though not appearing until the final weeks of World War 1.





    Staff Writer (Updated: 5/3/2016):

    The Sopwith Snipe took all of the components that had made the Sopwith Camel a legend in the middle years of World War 1 and introduced several new features that made this new design the most formidable Allied fighter. Appearing with just eight weeks left in the conflict, the Sopwith Snipe would nevertheless prove its worth against the very best Fokker designs available. In the end, the Herbert Smith-designed Snipe would continue to serve the Royal Air Force (RAF) in large capacity, surviving well into the inter-war years.

    Externally, the Snipe took on the basic design of the Camel with a traditional biplane wing structure, fixed landing gear and single pilot seating. Armament consisted of two 7.7mm synchronized machine guns firing in a fixed-forward position. Where the Snipe stood out above its predecessor was internally, featuring an all-new more powerful engine, integrated oxygen and heating systems allowing the aircraft to fly higher and with a better straight-line speed. Power for the Snipe was derived from a Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine, delivering some 230 horsepower.

    The Sopwith Snipe would go on to become the Thomas Sopwith firms last production aircraft by conflicts end. Over 2,000 examples would be produced and would serve in some capacity up until 1927.


     SPECIFICATIONS 


    Sopwith Snipe
    Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
    National Origin: United Kingdom [ VIEW ]
    Manufacturer(s): Sopwith Aviation Company - UK [ VIEW ]
    Introduction: 1918
    Production Total: 2,097 [ VIEW ]

     OPERATORS 


    Australia; Brazil; Canada; Soviet Union; United Kingdom


     STRUCTURAL 


    Crew: 1
    Length: 19.75 feet (6.02 meters)
    Width: 30.09 feet (9.17 meters)
    Height: 8.76 feet (2.67 meters)
    Weight (Empty): 1,323 lb (600 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 2,028 lb (920 kg)


     PERFORMANCE 


    Maximum Speed: 121 mph (195 kmh; 105 knots)
    Maximum Range: 40 miles (65 km)
    Service Ceiling: 19,521 feet (5,950 meters; 3.7 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 1,500 feet-per-minute (457 m/min)


     POWER 


    Powerplant: 1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine developing 230 horsepower.


     ARMAMENT / MISSION PAYLOAD 


    Hardpoints: 4
    Armament / Mission Payload:
    STANDARD:
    2 x 7.7mm Vickers fixed, forward-firing machine guns synchronized to fire through the spinning propeller blades.

    OPTIONAL:
    4 x 25lb bombs underwing


     VARIANTS 


    Snipe - Base Series Designation


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